So I say this, we are to seek peace with all men. We are to guard our tongues, the most unruly member of our bodies. We are not to slander, or to lie against another. We are, however, commanded to challenge teachers, to learn their motivations, to ensure what they teach is true and not false doctrine. And when we find false doctrine, expose it, mark it, avoid it, and end it.
Westboro Baptists, Oneness Pentecostals, and many other Christian sects often do not reflect the man they claim to follow, Jesus. In the words of Ghandi, Christians are often unlike Christ. One popular video is called, ‘Lord, save us from your followers’. Why is this? Should Christians feel justified in being judgmental and rude for the sake of their ‘Gospel’?
Why does the abused victim return to the abuser? What causes a dog to lick up the bile that was rejected by its body? Why would someone leave a cult and feel compelled to return? The Cycle of Abuse is recognizable and understandable, as sad as it is.
Protestant/Evangelical Christianity was in some ways a response to the legalism of the Roman Catholic church nearly 500 years ago when in 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the doors of a church in Germany. More importantly, it came against this notion that particular sacraments (a form of […]
Oneness Pentecostalism (Apostolic, or United Pentecostal Church International) is known for legalism, rules and regulations. Strict dress codes, women can’t cut their hair, wear paints, make up, dye their hair. But all of that aside, there are some other striking similarities to Midieval Catholicism that might shock you.
Since leaving a cult, I have delved into studying, writing, reading, talking and coping with the very real, sometimes hidden, but obvious affects cults and their teachings have on lives. Most certainly the very word ‘cult’ conjures up the worst horrors to hit the news headlines, like Jamestown, or Waico, […]